Well, I’m back in Miami and let’s just say it hasn’t been the most seamless transition…but I wasn’t expecting it to be. I’m not going to lie and say I’m excited to be back, but I’m also not going to complain about my situation or dwell on my homesickness. Transitions of any kind are very hard for me, always have been. I have gotten a lot better at handling change, but it’s still not something I look forward to. However, in the process of my earlier transitions I’ve developed a toolkit per se of coping mechanisms. It takes me some time to remember those tools, but once found, it helps me adjust.
This is how I’ve kept myself busy the last few days…
-I’m fortunate enough to have an older cousin live close by, so instead of staying in bed, I’ve made plans to hang out with her.
-I organized the apartment with my new roommates (who are awesome!).
-I organized and cleaned my own room.
-I painted my bathroom (a very subtle grayish/blue. Just what I wanted, but man was that a full day project!)
-I bought a candle for my room that makes me feel warm and cozy.
-I went running.
-I went to the supermarket…a few times.
But more than activities, I’ve been trying to focus on the good. Change of mindset is much more powerful than a change of scenery.
I may be missing home and dreading long days on campus, but there is so much good in my life. It just took me a little time to find it. Primarily, I’m getting an invaluable education. I have some career opportunities that are more than just “resume-fillers.” I live in a very comfortable apartment with great people. I’m continuing to learn how to live on my own and solve both everyday and abnormal problems (**not sure which category ‘millions of dead ants in my room’ falls under). I may still text my mom all the time (sorry mom, probably won’t stop) but I’m getting more comfortable living alone and finding things to enrich my days.
I know I won’t always live far from my family (please, I hope one day to live only a short run away LOL), but for now I’m doing the best where I am. Finding happiness from within and reminding myself that my life is pretty darn good.
How do you handle transitions?